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Nevada Dep. Chief of Staff Killing Wild Horses…

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on September 21, 2010


September 21, 2010:  

In a situation bizarre enough only to happen in Nevada, the Governor’s Deputy Chief of Staff is apparently engaged in some kind of odd quasi-agricultural scheme that is luring Virginia Range horses across a busy US highway, resulting in some being killed and in plans for all the others to be trapped and hauled off to the Fallon Livestock Exchange.  What appears to be the scam here is Lynn Hettrick’s running what looks to be a fake farming operation in order to hold onto water rights assigned to legitimate agricultural uses. This impractical operation taking place on the edge of the wild horse range was never fenced and it has become a daily feeding stop for the horses. The reader can draw his/her own conclusions from the information posted in this story. http://www.aowha.org/war/moundhouse1001.html All appearances are that now someone else on this Governor’s staff is putting his personal interests above public safety and the taxpayers’ interests. Please read, and respond and pass along if you see fit.  We have a very short window in which to try to fix this situation.Thanks.“:O) Willis 

September 20, 2010: Even More Virginia Range Horse Shenanegans… 

For the past couple of weeks local horse advocates have been trying to figure out why the Virginia Range horses that roam north of Moundhouse have been crossing busy US-50 on a daily basis.  We found the answer, and it’s pretty darn surprising.   

Between the ComputerCorps warehouse and Drako Way is a patch of land that we were told is owned by Lynn Hetterick.  Lynn Hetterick is Governor Gibbons’ Deputy Chief of Staff in charge of agriculture as well as a few other things.  About two acres of that land has been irrigated and is some sort of a ratty alfalfa patch, overrun with weeds, rabbit brush and various types of grasses.  The irrigation system is not of a type that would be easily moved for mowing and harvesting, and the ground appears to never have been planed, so I don’t know how anyone would mow it.   

Nonetheless the Mound House horses have found it and they have their own local smorgasbord.   

Unfortunately this unfenced attraction causes the horses to cross the highway on a regular basis, going between their feasts and the spring that they drink from on the north side of the highway.  Also, unfortunately, this idiot who decided to grow unfenced alfalfa in an area where both horses and cattle roam is going to use his clout with the state to have the horses removed at taxpayer expense and hauled off to the Fallon Livestock Exchange.   

I have checked with Carson City Code Enforcement and the state fencing statutes apply within the city and county.  (Apparently they don’t apply to the Governor’s staff and friends.)   

Here's the layout.

 

A closer view of some of the horses.

 

 

   

 

  

This weedy, rocky patch called an alfalfa field.

 

We were originally told that the horses, some 24 in total, would be trapped on the 21st and hauled away.  After some of the news media started asking questions the NV Department of Agriculture started getting a little fuzzy about when they were picking the horses up.    

A lot of the Moundhouse locals are getting upset over this situation, particularly since it was entirely preventable.  Those wishing to express their concerns should contact the following offices, using all of the various means of contact to ensure you get through.  If there is enough public concern expressed, perhaps the Dept. will look for a more pragmatic solution.    

Governor Jim Gibbons:   775-684-5670  http://gov.state.nv.us/Contact_Us_NORTHX.htm    

DCS Lynn Hettrick:  775-684-5670   mailto:lhettrick@govmail.state.nv.us    

NDoA Director Tony Lesperance  775-353-3613  mailto:tlesperance@agri.state.nv.us    

Please make a call, send an email and speak your mind!    

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9 Responses to “Nevada Dep. Chief of Staff Killing Wild Horses…”

  1. Morgan Griffith said

    I’ll be helping make a stink. In a court of law I think this would be called entrapment.

  2. reveil said

    You’ve got to be kidding. Just a simple fence would have avoided all the “trouble”.
    I’ll send an e-mail.

  3. SHIRLEY LE GARDE said

    THIS IS TOTALY UNCALLED FOR. IT JUST SHOW WHAT IS HAPPENING IN NEVADA AND HAS ALWAYS BEEN HAPPENING THERE. EVERYING IS DONE ON A CROOKED BASES FROM THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE DOWN. IT SEEMS MR. HATTERICK HAS NO COMMON SENCE OR IS TO CHEEP TO PUT UP A FENCE. REALLY WITH THE MONEY HE MAKES A YEAR IT SHOULD BE NO PROBLEM NOT EVEN A POOR MAN WOULD DO SOMETHING LIKE THIS. THE HORSES WILL GO WHERE THE GOOD FOOD IS AND ARE NOT TO BE BLAMED. IT IS OBVIOUS MR. HATTERICK THINKS THE LAW DOES NOT APPLY TO HIM AND HE WOULD RATHER SEE THE HORSES DESTROYED BEFORE HE WOULD DO HIS DUTY AND PUT UP A FENCE. WHOEVER ELECTED THIS MAN TO HIM POSITION SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF HIMSELF.

  4. Kerry said

    I am sure the deer are grazing there at night as well. Are they scheduling a capture and pick up of all the deer that are eating on this alfalfa patch?

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